(Recitation by Pt. Nageshwara Rao of Hyderabad.
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On a request from Sage Agasthya Lord Kartikeya happily started describing various Devis in Kashi.
Devi is present in the form of Goddess Vishalakshi in Vishal Teerth in River Ganga. A devotee should bathe in Vishal Teerth and worship Vishalakshi Devi for all round happiness.
In the month of Aswin (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) devotees should remain on fast and keep awake on the night of Triteeya. In the morning they should devotedly offer new clothes and other related items and feed 14 girls. After performing the above Kanya Pooja, they should break their fast.
Vishalakshi Devi temple is a powerful Shakti Peeth and any pooja, charity, recitation of devi mantras performed in this premises is considered to yield very high results. Unmarried girls worshipping Vishalakshi Devi are sure to get married, childless couple will certainly be blessed with a child, even the most unfortunate ladies will find all fortunes coming their way.
Kashi Khand, Chapter 70, has amply described the greatness of Vishalakshi Devi. Further, in Chapter 100, Kashi Khand has prescribed Nau Gauri Yatra (religious pilgrimage tour of nine Gauris and Vishalakshi is one of those Gauris).
If you look carefully in the photograph, there are two Devi images. One is at the back with garland orange in colour. This is Aadi Vishalakshi. The idol in front has been installed at a later stage.
South Indians attach great importance to this temple. They regard this as one of the three main Devi Temples in India viz. Kanchi Kamakshi, Madurai Meenakshi and Kashi Vishalakshi.
LOCATION OF VISHALAKSHI GAURI
Devotees can find Vishalakshi temple at D.3/85, Mir Ghat. They can travel upto Dasaswamedh Vishwanath Gulli or Bansphatak Vishwanath Gulli by rickshaw and walk on foot to this place. Devotees generally combine prayers at this temple alongwith darshan of Visweshwar / Annapurna temple.
Vishalakshi Gauri is one of the 9 Gauris which are worshipped in Navratri falling in March-April (9 days preceding Ram Navami).
The entire area encompassing Vishalakshy Devi, Dharmeshwar, Vishwa Bhuja Gauri etc. is a powerful Shakti Peeth known as Dharma Peeth.
TYPES OF POOJA
The temple is open from 04.30 a.m. in the morning to 11.00 a.m. and from 05.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. The timings may change. Aarties are held in the morning and evening.